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How former Bills owner's fortune is being spent


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Ralph Wilson won a tennis trophy when he was 12. Mary Wilson, his widow, plans to bring it along to a news conference in Detroit on Wednesday. She sees the tinny token as a touchstone for his 95 years.

Wilson’s sporting life began in childhood and continued through his ownership of the Buffalo Bills, which led to a fortune that will now mostly be given away, some of it for encouraging kids to play sports, just as he did at their age. Mary Wilson says the trophy is meant to signify the full-circle nature of all that.

“I want it to emphasize how much fun Ralph had playing sports as a kid,” she tells USA TODAY Sports. “And just look where he went with it.”

Wilson died in 2014 and six months later his estate sold the Bills for $1.4 billion. Now the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is in the process of giving away $1.2 billion over 20 years to…

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